TONY: Hoo boy… 2020 was an absolute train wreck, wasn’t it?
TATI: Do you think so?
TONY: Totally! You don’t agree?
TATI: Nope. (Give me Fresh Salmon please…)
TONY: Really, Tati?! So, you loved 2020? (Erm… here ya go.)
TATI: It is not the year that makes us, but we that make the year. Do you agree, Button?
BUTTON: Bring on 2021, I say!
TONY: Hm. I never thought about it that way. Makes sense, I suppose…
TATI: Let’s not think about what 2020 took away from us. Let’s recall what we added to 2020.
TONY: Making lemonade from lemons, huh? Yeah, let’s do that. You start!
TATI: I am pretty proud of relaunching Trottersville. (Okay, Pale Coral now…)
TONY: Yeah, that was pretty cool. (Pale Coral comin’ right at ya… I guess?) And we made a new postcard series with the characters from that strip too. I love those postcards! Do you, Button?
BUTTON: Hells no! Nothin’ but silly talking pigs. (And their pinkest piggy arses!) You should make a comic about me instead.
TONY: And we joined Tapas and WebToon, two cool comics websites that are now home to Trottersville. It’s great to have somewhere to put this strip after reworking many of the old scripts, then redrawing and recolouring them.
TATI: I participated in a translator’s contest. I also began translating our comics into Russian and Ukrainian. And we contacted some comics publishers and got some rather warm feedback. It’s cool, don’t you think, Button?
BUTTON: What?! Why bother with silly translations when you could be ghost writing the memoirs of my extraordinary life?
TONY: All of this kinda makes 2021 seem more hopeful, right?
TATI: Don’t you feel so? And we’re in the middle of preparing some new books and launching a cool new video channel too! (Tony, that’s Shadow Rose! Can’t you tell the difference?)
TONY: How the hell are we managing to do all this?! We must hate sleep or something… (Sorry. Is this it?)
BUTTON: Sigh. Why does no one listen to me?
TATI: I don’t know… but, Tony, do you still think 2020 was a train wreck and gave you nothing but a deficit of hand sanitiser and toilet paper? (And I asked for Fandango, not Flamingo! Even Button knows the difference!)
TONY: God. Those empty store shelves still haunt my dreams… Still, I have to agree. It hasn’t been all bad, has it? What do you think, Button?
BUTTON: That’s nothing! I’ll show you what a real wreck is!
TATI: I agree that it hasn’t been all bad. And I believe our dearest Readers will have at least one nice thing to remember from 2020. (Crazy Strawberry now please…)
TONY: We can hope! (Jeez. Aren’t they all just the same stupid pink?! Just point at the correct freaking one already!) And anyway, we should at least wish all of our Readers a Happy New Year. May 2021 be a year of renewal and reconstruction!
TATI: As for us, we promise to continue making cool stuff—despite pandemics and closed borders—and (hopefully) bring you some joy with our creative effor…
TATI & TONY: BUTTON!
by TETIANA ALEKSINA & TONY SINGLE
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